Reviewing Electrical Drawings and Specifications
Today, many electrical contractors find themselves in a constant state of catch up. This can be overwhelming. During the bid process, it’s easy to rush and not fully review a complete set of construction drawings and specifications and only look through the electrical drawings and specifications. This results in a lack of proper understanding of the full electrical scope on the project and can be a costly mistake.
Can I Get By Only Reviewing the Electrical Drawing and Division 26 Electrical Specifications?
You can no longer rely on the design team to ensure all the information required to meet the eventual contract requirements have been placed in the Division 26 electrical drawing package. You should review the full set of construction drawings and pay close attention to the architectural, mechanical, communications and life safety to identify responsibilities that might overlap with other trades but fall on the electrical contractor’s list of responsibility. Generally, you’ll find a contractor responsibility schedule in the Division 1 specifications. You’ll also need to fully understand the building’s structural details that might not be depicted on the electrical drawings. This includes things like working height and unusual elevations that might affect your costs.
Do you need lifts to perform work in a certain area, increasing cost for the equipment rental and don’t forget about the increase in labor difficulty?
These are common examples, often not found in the electrical drawings. However, the responsibility will lay with you to locate these activities and ensure that you’ve accounted for them. If you’re unsure, submit a request for information (RFI) to get clarification. This is a formal document that is submitted to the general contractor who tracks and forwards to the owner for clarification and then redistributes to all project bidders to ensure everyone is bidding the project apples to apples. Make sure you submit your RFIs by any predetermined deadlines and read through the entire list of questions and answers as they relate to electrical and trades that might affect your scope of work.